RAG rating the grades also helps identify what’s not going well (focusing on the red grades). Interestingly, in this example, we see that Beth, Colleen, Eric, John, Keith and Peter are all underachieving in at least two subjects. When we look at the pattern, 4 of the 6 of the underachieving students are boys and all are targeted an A, B or C. This suggests we have an issue pitching our lessons to the more able students.
Psychology, Economics and Maths all have significant numbers of students underachieving. Being numbers based this suggests that this cohort has an issue with boys’ numeracy. Other subjects to check out would be Biology, Government and Politics, Media, 3-D Production and Design and ICT. Again, similar subjects that may have an issue with students and their maths.
Identifying the areas for development in teaching (in this case, numbers-based subjects) and learning (in this case boys and high ability students). This provides initial lines of inquiry (boys / high ability students / numeracy and maths teaching do not do well in this year group / department / school) to follow up in further analysis.